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Cultural differences in body dissatisfaction: Japanese adolescents compared with adolescents from China, Malaysia, Australia, Tonga, and Fiji

Brockhoff, Miki, Mussap, Alexander J., Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, Matthew, Mellor, David, Skouteris, Helen, McCabe, Marita P. and Ricciardelli, Lina A. 2016, Cultural differences in body dissatisfaction: Japanese adolescents compared with adolescents from China, Malaysia, Australia, Tonga, and Fiji, Asian journal of social psychology, vol. 19, no. 4, pp. 385-394, doi: 10.1111/ajsp.12150.

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Title Cultural differences in body dissatisfaction: Japanese adolescents compared with adolescents from China, Malaysia, Australia, Tonga, and Fiji
Author(s) Brockhoff, Miki
Mussap, Alexander J.
Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, Matthew
Mellor, David
Skouteris, Helen
McCabe, Marita P.
Ricciardelli, Lina A.
Journal name Asian journal of social psychology
Volume number 19
Issue number 4
Start page 385
End page 394
Total pages 10
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2016-10
ISSN 1367-2223
1467-839X
Keyword(s) adolescence
body image
culture
gender
Japan
media
Summary Cultural influences on the body image of 133 female and 99 male Japanese adolescents aged 12–18 years (M = 15.9, SD = 1.2) were compared to those of a databank of 1233 female and 1149 male adolescents also aged 12–18 years (M = 14.9, SD = 1.5) from five cultures – Chinese, Malaysian, Australian, Tongan, and indigenous Fijian – surveyed previously using identical body image measures (Fuller-Tyszkiewicz et al., 2012). Japanese adolescents reported the highest levels of body dissatisfaction despite possessing among the lowest body mass index (BMI) and also reported among the highest levels of media influence on their body image. Subsequent path analyses revealed that for Japanese adolescents cultural identification with modern Japanese values were associated with increased body dissatisfaction, and that this association was mediated by level of media influence. These results highlight the importance of cultural influences, as well as individual differences in cultural values, in shaping Japanese adolescents' body image.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/ajsp.12150
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
1701 Psychology
1702 Cognitive Science
Socio Economic Objective 920410 Mental Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, WIley
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30090358

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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